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ASHRS Chief: Hair Cloning or Hair Multiplication is Coming

The president of the American Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ASHRS), Dr. Marco Barusco, declared in January that hair cloning is the most important technological advance on the horizon for hair restoration doctors. While hair cloning is not yet available, Dr. Barusco said he is encouraged that various companies are now in Phase II clinical trials and he expects the technique to be available in the next couple years.

Hair cloning is generally considered to be any technique that attempts to harvest hair follicle cells from a patient, multiply them in growth media in a lab, and then use the new cells to “reseed” bald scalps. Dr. Barusco added that hair cloning will make possible transplants for people who couldn’t have them in the past because they lacked a sufficient amount of donor hair. At least four companies are now actively engaged in hair cloning research – RepliCel Life Sciences, Aderans Research, Follica and Dr. Coen Gho’s Hair Science Institute. They differ slightly on which type of cells they harvest and use in their process.

In 2008, hair cloning was in the news because of pioneering trials being conducted by a British company, Intercytex, that subsequently had financial difficulties and was sold. The hair challenged public became discouraged by the frequent delays so that many today believe that hair cloning is all hype and that the technology will never arrive.

However, Dr. Barusco doesn’t feel that way. He is encouraged by the research done so far and by the fact that companies such as Aderans and RepliCel are moving on to Phase II clinical trials of hair cloning with greater numbers of subjects.

Hair cloning is not the same thing as stem cell treatments. Other companies, such as Histogen in San Diego, are attempting to develop products that restore and reactivate existing hair follicles on balding heads that have been, in a sense, shut off. The hope is that a unique combination of special growth factors and cytokines will be able to “wake up” these dormant hair follicles so that they once again produce hair on a regular basis. Histogen’s Hair Stimulating Complex, which is currently in development, will be an injectable treatment performed in a medical clinic under a doctor’s supervision.

Cygenx currently produces a growth factor hair growth serum, which it calls RegenRXx, that is available now as a topical lotion. It is applied either alone or with the aid of a dermaroller.

ASHRS Chief: Hair Cloning or Hair Multiplication is Coming

The president of the American Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ASHRS), Dr. Marco Barusco, declared in January that hair cloning is the most important technological advance on the horizon for hair restoration doctors. While hair cloning is not yet available, Dr. Barusco said he is encouraged that various companies are now in Phase II clinical trials and he expects the technique to be available in the next couple years.

Hair cloning is generally considered to be any technique that attempts to harvest hair follicle cells from a patient, multiply them in growth media in a lab, and then use the new cells to “reseed” bald scalps. Dr. Barusco added that hair cloning will make possible transplants for people who couldn’t have them in the past because they lacked a sufficient amount of donor hair. At least four companies are now actively engaged in hair cloning research – RepliCel Life Sciences, Aderans Research, Follica and Dr. Coen Gho’s Hair Science Institute. They differ slightly on which type of cells they harvest and use in their process.

In 2008, hair cloning was in the news because of pioneering trials being conducted by a British company, Intercytex, that subsequently had financial difficulties and was sold. The hair challenged public became discouraged by the frequent delays so that many today believe that hair cloning is all hype and that the technology will never arrive.

However, Dr. Barusco doesn’t feel that way. He is encouraged by the research done so far and by the fact that companies such as Aderans and RepliCel are moving on to Phase II clinical trials of hair cloning with greater numbers of subjects.

Hair cloning is not the same thing as stem cell treatments. Other companies, such as Histogen in San Diego, are attempting to develop products that restore and reactivate existing hair follicles on balding heads that have been, in a sense, shut off. The hope is that a unique combination of special growth factors and cytokines will be able to “wake up” these dormant hair follicles so that they once again produce hair on a regular basis. Histogen’s Hair Stimulating Complex, which is currently in development, will be an injectable treatment performed in a medical clinic under a doctor’s supervision.

Cygenx currently produces a growth factor hair growth serum, which it calls RegenRXx, that is available now as a topical lotion. It is applied either alone or with the aid of a dermaroller.

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Stem Cell for Hair Loss: Dr. Coen Gho Pioneers Patented Hair Follicle Multiplication and Hair Growth Technologies

Dutch researcher and hair restoration expert Dr. Coen Gho has been publicizing an innovative experimental treatment for hair loss for many years through his Hair Science Institute, which operates clinics in Amsterdam, Maastricht, London and Vienna. His hair loss treatment, he says, is a patented hair multiplication technique developed by the Hair Science Institute and used exclusively in its clinics. It involves the transplantation of a new hair substitute created from the genetic material of existing human hair. According to Dr. Gho’s website “only a part of the follicle (a few hair stem cells, also called a ‘graft’)” are extracted from donor sites and used in the process. More traditional methods of hair transplant involve extraction of entire hair follicles. The follicles are removed or harvested and then relocated to the balding area, where those follicles can be stimulated to produce new growth of hair. According to Dr. Gho, because his procedure uses on a portion of an existing hair follicle, and not the entire hair follicle itself, his procedure has the advantage of being able to transplant more hairs than could be accomplished when those hairs and follicles must be removed from another site on the body.

As a result, Dr. Gho claims to manufacture hundreds of new hair substitutes for use in a type of hair transplant operation using a single existing hair, thus eliminating the need to harvest hairs from donor sites. The availability of more hair substitutes with which to transplant may, in turn, make the hair transplant procedure itself more available to more clients. Many men facing male pattern baldness are waiting anxiously for the release of the approved new process, although some hitches in technical research have delayed the release and availability of this newest procedure.

Dr. Gho’s treatment for hair has been criticized by some in the hair transplant community — for example, by Dr. William Rassman.

Thus Dr. Gho’s currently available procedure, referred to as Hair Stem cell Transplant, or HST, combines elements of hair transplant and hair multiplication. The limitations of HST, according to Dr. Gho, have to do with the number of follicles (approximately six hundred) that can be trans-located during a single procedure. With such a small number per procedure, the restoration of an entire bald scalp would take a great deal of time and expense. Having said that, the procedure’s supposed advantages include the fact that HST results in the least scarring or surgical soreness of any method available, and the assertion by Dr. Gho that nearly four fifths of the donated hairs regrow and can be reharvested for later procedures. If nothing else, Dr. Gho’s advancements offer hope in the arena of hair replacement, with the knowledge that new approaches and new technologies are being tested and tried with some success.

More traditional hair transplants are limited in scope by the limitations of donor sites; Dr. Gho’s innovative approach promises to circumvent that limitation, opening new possibilities for sufferers of male pattern baldness.

Unlike neogenesis, a process which creates entirely new hair follicles in the scalp, Dr. Gho’s procedure may have the potential to stimulate the shedding follicles to regenerate and reinvigorate the growth of natural hairs.

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